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Vaccination Rates Continue to Grow
As of Sept. 15, 2021, 78.2% of Concord residents age 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and the number keeps growing!

Vaccines are the best way to protect ourselves and others -- especially those who cannot be vaccinated.

If you still need your shot, all Contra Costa Health Services vaccination sites accept walk-ins, or you can make an appointment. Find more information here. You can also go to www.vaccines.gov/search to find a vaccination site near you.


City Employees to Vaccinate or Test
The City of Concord remains focused on the steps it can take to protect the health of the community and its workforce. The City recently issued a new administrative directive that requires all full-time and part-time employees to either get vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. Given Concord's commitment to public and employee health and its unique responsibility as a government agency, the City will implement this new policy effective September 17.
County Requires Vaccination Proof or Negative Test at Some Indoor Businesses
On Sept. 14, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) announced a new temporary health order designed to protect residents from the highly infectious delta variant strain of COVID-19.

"To save lives, prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed and keep schools open, we must do all we can now to prevent another surge in cases this winter," health officials said.

As of Sept. 22, 2021, everyone 12 years and older must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative test result, before going to high-risk indoor businesses in Contra Costa County. Workers at these businesses must be fully vaccinated or test weekly, starting Nov. 1, 2021.

Where to Show Proof of Vaccination
Everyone 12 years and older must show proof of vaccination or a negative test result before going into or working at a high-risk indoor place, including:
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Theaters where food and beverages are served
  • Gyms
  • Recreation facilities
  • Yoga studios
  • Dance studios
How to Show Proof of Vaccination
You can show proof of vaccination by showing photo ID and one of the following items:
  • Your CDC vaccination record card or a copy or photo of your card
  • Your digital vaccine record issued by the State of California
  • Documentation from your healthcare provider stating you’re fully vaccinated

COVID Relief Grant Program Now Open
The next round of funding for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is now open for new applicants.

If your business is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and meets all other eligibility criteria, you are encouraged to apply for this grant. If your business has already applied, you do not need to apply again. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Sept. 30.

To read more about the program and the eligibility requirements, visit www.careliefgrant.com.

When you are ready to apply, click "Find a Partner > By County" and then click on "Contra Costa" to get a list of partner agencies you can apply through. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the program's call center at 888-612-4370.
Mayor's Cup Golf Classic Returns Oct. 22
Mayor Tim McGallian will host the 36th Annual Concord Mayor’s Cup Golf Classic Tournament on Friday, Oct. 22, at Diablo Creek Golf Course. 

The event begins at 11 a.m. with lunch and registration and ends at 7 p.m. after dinner and awards. All proceeds benefit the Concord Historical Society, The Concord Junior Giants and The First Tee Contra Costa Youth Golf Program.

If you are interested in attending, please download and fill out the registration form, which can be found here. For any questions, please call 925-686-6266. 
Music & Market Continues
Music & Market has been in full swing this summer, with three concerts remaining.

Join us on Thursday evenings at Todos Santos Plaza for a robust farmers' market (featuring farm-fresh produce and hot foods) beginning at 4 p.m., and live music beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The lineup for the rest of the season includes:

Sept. 16: Zepparella, a Led Zeppelin tribute band
Sept. 23: The UnOriginals and Sabertooth Unicorn
Sept. 30: Native Elements

Thank you to our sponsors: Ashby Lumber, Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery, Pacific Service Credit Union, Marathon Petroleum Corp. Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association, Concord Police Officers' Association, and Visit Concord.
City News & Activity Guide Mailed to All Homes and Businesses
Concord's City News & Activity Guide is back in print after a year-long hiatus. The 52-page fall issue is packed full of information about classes and activities for people of all ages. The publication also features City news, an updated park map and amenities matrix, and it highlights several upcoming community events.

The guide was mailed to all Concord residents and businesses in early August, and it is available for pick up in City office lobbies as well as the Concord Senior Center, Willow Pass Center and Centre Concord.

For those who prefer to flip through a digital version, the interactive guide can be viewed online and direct links to classes make registration quick and easy.

The Spanish version of our Fall City News is also available.
La ciudad de Concord recientemente compartió noticias y información en la edición de otoño de su "Guía de actividades y noticias de la ciudad". Lea todo al respecto aquí.
September is Emergency Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month, and the 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect: Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” The campaign focuses on different aspects of preparedness for individuals, families and communities.

Lesson 1: Make A Plan
Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster.

Lesson 2: Build A Kit
Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the CDC.

Lesson 3: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness
Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards. Check your insurance coverage to make sure it is up-to-date.

Lesson 4: Teach Youth About Preparedness
Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.
SunShares Program Offers Solar at a Discount
The City of Concord is proud to partner with Bay Area SunShares, a program that helps people make their homes more ecofriendly through renewable energy. 

Last year, 10 Concord residents signed up for the program, which supports the City’s adopted Climate Action Plan.
 
Bay Area SunShares is an opportunity for Concord residents to make their homes more resilient and sustainable by installing solar panels and battery storage. 
 
SunShares is a limited-time program that provides a 15% discount on solar installations and a 10% discount on battery storage to all Bay Area residents, and helps you Opt Up to 100% renewable energy if you can’t go solar. 
 
With solar panels and home battery storage, you can generate your own power and keep the lights on during power outages. And when you Opt Up through your energy provider, you’re supporting locally controlled renewable energy for everyone in the Bay Area. 

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